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1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962

December 10, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us to learn more about Jessica Daves, the enigmatic figure who first catapulted fashion magazine Vogue into modernity.

When Daves became editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine in 1952, she began a decade-long effort to elevate the world’s most influential fashion magazine to new standards. With a firm belief that “taste is something that can be taught and learned” and an even firmer conviction in the magazine’s “high regard for the best,” Daves led a charge for excellence in the pages of Vogue.

Drawing from the Vogue archives, as well as rarely seen personal correspondence and archival materials relating to Daves, fashion historian and writer Rebecca C. Tuite tells the complete story of Daves’s Vogue, examining the magazine’s coverage of fashion, interior design, travel, and more during that decade, while also offering the first in-depth study of Jessica Daves herself.

A small pop-up exhibit of period clothing from our collection will be on view!

$10 for CHS members, $15 for non-members. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing rsvp@chs.org or calling (860) 236-5621 x238.

Contact Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger with any questions at (860) 236-5621 x289, or email Natalie_Belanger@chs.org.


Rebecca C. Tuite is a fashion historian and writer. She is a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center. She is the author of Seven Sisters Style: The All- American Preppy Look, which was featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Paris Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her new book, 1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962, will be released in December, 2019.

Photo Credit: Alec Helm, courtesy of Rebecca C. Tuite

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